As of 2015, a good location to find information on the history of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is the Washington, D.C., tourist and visitor information website. The memorial is located at the National Mall.
The Washington, D.C., site offers a brief history on the Civil Rights leader as well as details on the statue erected in his honor. Users can additionally find hours of operation, directions and available methods of transportation.
The MLK Memorial stands 30 feet tall and was sculpted out of granite in the Mountain of Hope. The memorial is situated on 4 acres of land near the Tidal Basin. The memorial first opened to the public in 2011, which was 48 years after MLK's famous "I Have A Dream Speech."
The memorial is the first to honor an African-American at the National Mall. The memorial is centered around a 450-foot inscription wall, which contains passages from MLK's speeches and well-known sermons. The structure cost $120 million to build and was created by a group of artists, sculptors, designers and stone carvers.
The memorial is administered by the National Park Service and is free to the general public and open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until midnight.